Traineeship in the Protection Data Unit

Requisition ID:  16235
Region:  Europe (HQ)
Contract type:  Traineeship
Reports to (role)

Head of Protection Data Unit

What we do

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law. We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence. We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.Purpose

The Protection Data Unit has two main objectives: to reinforce the management of the data related to protection activities of the ICRC, and improve the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) with special focus on data protection.

The associate’s main tasks will be to support the Unit’s activities by: 1) Support the Evidence Based Protection team with quantitative and qualitative analysis 2) Supporting the Unit with the development and management of a resource centre and 3) Supporting the conceptualization, implementation, promotion, and management of a data collection tool.Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities

1. Support the Evidence-Based Protection team with qualitative and quantitative analysis (50%)

  • Contribute to the reflection, development and implementation of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and analysis tasks to optimize evidence-based understanding of PROT priority topics. Perform ad-hoc researches and data extraction requests
  • Support the team by doing data cleaning, data transformation, and creation or development of data visualizations (dashboards).
  • Maintain/manage online collaborative community content
  • Contribute to the internal communication of the PROT/DATA unit

2. Continued development and maintenance of the Protection Data Resource Centre (Wiki) (25%)

  • Act as project lead of the Protection Data Resource Centre.
  • Continue to ensure the production, editing, and adaptation of new Wiki pages, to best present institutional data-related resources. This includes both technical oversight (e.g. metadata, search function) and close collaboration with relevant technical advisers.
  • Devise and implement procedures for and a plan of action to promote collaboration in production of Wiki pages that ensures quality, accuracy and continued relevance over time.
  • Develop and adapt the technical structure of the Wiki as necessary, in particular to ensure ongoing/improved access to or integration of resources outside the unit (e.g. links to other Wikis, search functionality). This includes collaboration with colleagues in other units/divisions with Wikis.

3. Act as focal point of Device Magic (mobile data collection tool) for Protection (20%) 

  • Provide methodological support to delegations with the design of data collection exercises.
  • Provide support to delegations with the use of Device Magic. 
  • Review and revise material regarding Device Magic as needed. 

4. Other duties as required to support the Protection Data Unit (5%)

  • Helps with the planning of events. 
  • Provides support with projects when needed. 
  • Takes responsibility for their own development and learning.

Certifications / Education required

University degree or diploma equivalent to a master’s degree in social sciences, data analytics, interactive media, ICT, engineering, economics, information sciences or equivalent experience.Professional Experience required

Maximum one-year work experience (2 years if it is supplemented with traineeships).


  • Research experience in innovation projects with a high technology component
  • Experience with automated collection and storage of data retrieved through web APIs
  • Experience using tools such as SQL, Python, R, Tableau, PowerBI, Excel
  • Experience with humanitarian organizations or NGO’s.

Desired profile and skills

  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • Ability to compile and holistically analyse diverse datasets
  • Very good computer skills (Word, PPT, Excel)
  • Rapidity, rigor and good organization skills
  • Very good communication skills (oral and written)
  • Capacity to work in team
  • Proactivity


  • Basic knowledge of R, Python, SQL or other relevant scripting and programming languages is desirable.
  • Knowledge of data protection and data security issues.


  • Excellent command in English
  • Good command of French

Additional information

  • Location: Geneva
  • Type of contract: Traineeship
  • Length of assignment: 12 months
  • Relocation: Not provided for traineeships
  • Visa/permit: legitimacy card provided
  • Gross monthly salary: 3000 CHF
  • Estimated start date: 04/01/2021
  • Application deadline: 10/10/2020
  • Application documents required: diplomas, work certificates, scan color of passport – please upload it on your profile

The ICRC values diversity and is committed to create an inclusive working environment. We welcome application from all qualified candidates.

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